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Nativity [VHS]


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  • Actors: Madeleine Stowe, John Shea, Jane Wyatt, Paul Stewart, Audrey Totter
  • Directors: Bernard L. Kowalski
  • Writers: Millard Kaufman, Morton S. Fine
  • Producers: Harvey Bullock, R.S. Allen, William P. D'Angelo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: October 15, 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301801806
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The love story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Christ are realistically brought to life in The Nativity. Starring John Shea as Joseph, Madeleine Stowe as Mary, and Jane Wyatt as Anna, this film explores the emotions and relationships of the participants in the first Christmas. A story that is tender, dramatic and inspiring, The Nativity was lavishly filmed on location in Almeria, Spain and is a production to treasure for years to come.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is not the cartoon version that all the other reviews are indicating. This is a live video produced around 1978. The acting is superb. The movie does a very sensitive portrayal of Mary and Joseph leading up to the birth of Jesus. It is in my opinion the most spiritual of all Hollywood productions about the birth of Christ. I have looked for and waited several years for this to become available. For years I have checked all the TV listings at Christmas time to watch this show. I am so thrilled to have this in my video library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kristin724 on December 13, 2011
Format: VHS Tape
The Nativity a Decent but Dated Little Movie
By Kristin Battestella

I stumbled upon the 1978 television movie The Nativity on one of the religious channels late at night and though dated and flawed, this is a nice little Biblical tale.

Amid King Herod's (Leo McKern) tyranny and deadly Roman occupation, the young Mary (Madeline Stowe) and her parents Anna and Joachim (Jane Wyatt and George Voskovec) await the coming of the Messiah to free the Israelites. The carpenter Joseph (John Shea) becomes betrothed to Mary as Herod's advisors Nestor (John Rhys Davies), Flavius (William Morgan Sheppard), and Diomedes (Freddie Jones) predict a celestial alignment that will bring forth the birth of the true King of the Jews. Ordered by Herod, they search the land for newborns who pose a threat to the king. When Mary has an angelic visitation and becomes with child, she visits her also surprisingly pregnant Aunt Elizabeth (Audrey Totter) and her doubting, mute husband Zechariah (Paul Stewart). Soon, Joseph and the heavily pregnant Mary must go to Bethlehem for the tax census, where Jesus is born.

Director Bernard L. Kowalski (SSSSSSS) is a little uneven in handling the story from Morton Fine (I Spy) and Millard Kaufman (Raintree County). The alternating between Herod's madness, the journey of the Magi, and the eponymous drama is not a problem, but Herod is dropped all together halfway through the film. I was also totally confused by the three wise men who aren't actually the magi but encounter Eleazar and another set of real magi looking for the newborn king before becoming the three kings anyway. The Nativity also takes awhile to get going despite a short odd hour and a half to do it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K Scheffler on December 21, 2013
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Personally I'm not a huge fan of movie adaptations of the Bible, but all in all I found this interpretation to be acceptable and inspiring. Perhaps the most unconvincing aspect of the movie was Joseph's beard - it was so fake that it was, at times, a bit of a distraction. I believe that this movie would gain an audience if it were to be released on DVD.
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What a rare, and Beautiful portrayal of the First Christmas. Unfortunately it's not available on DVD, so if you buy it, you may want to convert it to a DVD, which is what I'm doing with the VHS I just purchased. Artistic liberties were minimal, letting you retain your "own" image of certain scenes which I appreciated. A lot of biblical movies are a bit over the top, and sometimes just plain hard to watch, this is the opposite, the producers were very thoughtful as to how another human would "react" with the events of the time. I would liken this movie to Franco Zefferelli's "Jesus of Nazareth".
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